Had an accident at work?
If you have had an accident at work within the last three years, then Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation in Pendle for the personal injuries you have suffered.
Accidents at work happen every day, regardless of the job that people do or the environment in which they do them. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents do just happen, you may trip over because you weren’t looking where you were going. Or perhaps you have tripped over because a hazard was left lying in your way. In the first instance it may just be a case of putting it down to bad luck and moving on (whilst hoping that perhaps no one else saw you make such an embarrassing mistake). In the second instance you might be entitled to compensation in Pendle.
This is because everyone has the right to expect that their work environment is going to be safe. Part of this is ensuring that areas are clutter free, and that hazards are not left lying around to potentially trip employees up. It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that this is the case. In fact, legally speaking they have a duty of care to ensure that all members of staff, including contractors and visitors to the work site, are kept free from harm and safe. If they fail to do this and someone is injured as a result, then it may be possible make a claim for compensation in Pendle against them.
Of course, it is not possible for your employer to be everywhere at once, after all, they have a business to run. It would be utterly impractical for them to prowl the work environment looking for hazards and potential hot spots or danger areas. However, this is why risk assessments should be completed for every member of staff and every potential hot zone. These do not necessarily have to be completed by your employer directly, but by anyone who has authority to do them.
These risk assessments are designed to highlight areas where risk may occur. Such risk could lead to an accident, which in turn could lead to an injury. For example, if it is known that water pools on the floor in the kitchen as a result of employees making a drink, then this should be highlighted as a potential risk. Steps should then be taken to minimise the risk to members of staff. If it is not possible to stop the water from pooling, then suitable non-slip matting should be provided in the risky areas to provide grip and reduce the chance of slipping.
This simple action could stop any injuries in this area and preclude the need for a claim for compensation in Pendle to be made.
Could you claim?
To find out if you are entitled to seek compensation in Pendle against your employer for an accident at work, take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second test today. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 26th July 2014
Author: David Brown